Wayne Rooney faced his former side Manchester United in the FA Cup on Thursday night.
Derby County welcomed Premier League opposition to Pride Park, but the legendary striker didn’t get the result he would have wanted.
The Red Devils ran out comfortable 3-0 winners thanks to Odion Ighalo’s brace and another from Jesse Lingard.
But while Rooney failed to inspire his team to a cup upset, he did impress the fans who watched him.
This match would have perhaps been the first time many have seen Rooney play a full 90 minutes of action since he left for MLS back in 2018.
It’s clear that he hasn’t lost one of his most impressive attributes – long-range passing.
In the second half, he played a ridiculous pass from the edge of his own box to send a teammate clean through on goal.
Check it out:
What a ball that is. Rooney is 34 years old, but proved class is permanent on Thursday night.
Those flashes of his former brilliance weren’t enough to stop Man United though, who reached the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.
They are rewarded with an away fixture against Norwich City in the last eight and will fancy their chances of making it to Wembley for the semi-finals.
With a win against Derby, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are now unbeaten in nine games, hitting form at the perfect time.
They are still fighting on three fronts too – chasing a top-four spot in the Premier League whilst challenging for Europa League and FA Cup glory.
Should Solskjaer achieve even one of those things, this will probably be seen as a successful season, given where United were a few months ago.
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